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Dialogue, not war, the solution to Indo-Pak row: Gilani

Last updated on: June 20, 2011 11:31 IST

Dialogue, not war, the solution to Indo-Pak row: Gilani

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Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including Kashmir, through dialogue as war is not the solution to any problem, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.

"We do not want to resolve any problems through war. The solution of all problems is dialogue and we believe in dialogue," Gilani said while addressing a public meeting at Shakargarh in Punjab province.


Image: A file photo of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani

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'I convinced Dr Singh to resume the dialogue'

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"I've met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh several times and I told him we should sit at the table and discuss all problems and core issues, including Kashmir. I convinced him to resume the dialogue (with Pakistan)," he said.

Pakistan wants good relations with all its neighbours and all outstanding issues can be resolved through talks, Gilani said.


Image: A file photo of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani

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'A permanent and lasting solution'

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"Pakistan wants a permanent and lasting solution to the Kashmir issue through dialogue and negotiations," he said.

Islamabad will convince the international community that the Kashmir issue should be resolved according to the aspirations of the Kashmiris, he said.

He expressed hope that the world community will help Kashmiris get their rights.


Image: A file photo of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani

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'Pakistan is a responsible nuclear power'

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Referring to forthcoming elections in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Gilani claimed polls in Jammu and Kashmir were boycotted but all parties participate in polls in PoK.

The forthcoming elections for the PoK legislative assembly will be fair, free and transparent to make them credible for the international community, he said.

"I assure you that the elections will be fair, free and impartial so the world will know that Pakistan is a responsible nuclear power and everything is done here on merit and in a transparent way," he said.


Image: National flags of India and Pakistan

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